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Car prowlings skyrocket in Spokane County and Valley

News release from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office:

To date, Spokane County residents, including Spokane City and Spokane Valley, have reported over 180 vehicle prowlings since the beginning of the year.  The past two years the number of reported incidents were 107 for the entire year.

A large majority of these crimes have occurred at Centennial Trailheads.  Citizens have been victimized by either leaving their door unlocked, windows down or valuables inside their vehicle in plain sight. 

With the holiday season approaching, the Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens to leave valuables out of plain sight inside their vehicles, to detach GPS units from their dashboard if possible and to place their garage door opener in an alternate location other than their visor.

As always, if you witness suspicious activity you are urged to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

 

Library and Balfour Park expansion approved

Library and Balfour Park expansion approved

From the City of Spokane Valley:

After many months of input by community members and collaborative effort by the steering committee, consultants, the City of Spokane Valley and Spokane County Library District, the Balfour Park/Library Conceptual site plan was unanimously approved by the Spokane Valley City Council on October 29, 2013.

In his presentation to the Council, Spokane Valley Parks & Recreation Director Mike Stone noted that the plan will "create a public gathering space for Spokane Valley that will also solidify a true sense of place within our city."

The site plan focuses on an 8.4 acre parcel of undeveloped property along Sprague Avenue just east of Herald Road. The site was acquired by the City in 2012 for expansion of Balfour Park as part of a partnership that allowed SCLD to purchase 2.5 acres of the parcel as a location for a proposed new library.

Celebrate the Spokane Valley Day of Service this weekend

Celebrate the Spokane Valley Day of Service this weekend

Those looking for a way to lend a helping hand this weekend are in luck: on Saturday, September 21, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be holding a "Spokane Valley Day of Service." You don't need to be a member of the church to participate; neighborhood residents and others are encouraged to take part.

The two projects will include cleanup and improvement at the Rose Point nursing home, as well as the surroundings at Fairfield park in Fairfield.

The Rose Point cleanup event will go from 8:30 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. Volunteers are asked to bring rakes, shovels, lawn mowers and other lawn and garden tools.

The Fairfield Park project will have volunteers help rebuilding the park's gazebo, as well as partaking in general cleanup. That project kicks off at 9:00 a.m.

Little Library represents plans for Spokane Valley development

Little Library represents plans for Spokane Valley development

There's a new addition to the corner of Sprague Ave. and Herald Road in the Spokane Valley. The edge of the empty lot that has sat vacant for the last 40 years is now home to a Little Free Library, and the Spokane County Library District is hoping that this mini version will inspire residents to approve funding for a full size version in the coming months.

 

On Thursday afternoon, the Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation Department and the Spokane County Library District held the last of three public comment events on a proposed new park and library to fill the empty corner. The two groups jointly purchased the land last year, and now the Library District is working on getting funding for a new 30,000 square foot library.

 

Valleyfest 2013 kicks off next week

News release from Valleyfest:

Valleyfest, Spokane Valley's premier community festival, is September 20, 21 and 22, 2013. The events officially begins on Friday, September 20 at 7:30 with the Hearts of Gold Parade down Sprague Ave from University to Pines. Sprague Ave will close at 6:00 p.m. which opens the Avenue for a big street fair. Enjoy local businesses on foot or bike.

Pre-parade entertainment and great deals on shopping and eating are along the route. Thousands will gather to enjoy an evening with over 100 floats that represent the divert talents of the region. The two Parade Grand Marshalls are the Shriners and Mrs. Washington America, Amy Clark. 

Representing Shriners International in the parade are the El Katif Shriners and Shriners of B.C. The Shriners exemplify good character leadership, and dedication to family and community. They serve mankind with their work through Shriners Hospital for Children and bring pleasure to all with the Shrine Circus, Duck Race and participation in numerous parades.

About Valleyfest:

Pool season comes to a close across Spokane

Pool season comes to a close across Spokane

It's been a hot summer and while there are still some warm days ahead the swim season is starting to wind down across the city. There's only two days to enjoy the water before the majority of the area's pools settle down into winter hibernation. 

 

Spokane Valley Pools

  • Park Road Pool open through August 24th
  • Valley Mission Pool open through August 24th with the Paws in the Pool event on the 25th and 26th
  • Terrace View Pool will be open through September 2nd

 

Spokane City Pools